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Volume XIX, Number 29

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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

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Montana Junior Duck Stamp deadline March 15

The deadline for the Montana Junior Duck Stamp Program is fast approaching and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is encouraging all students to get involved. Students in Montana public, private and, home schools (K-12) are urged to participate in this fun and rewarding program. The program merges wetland and waterfowl education with the visual arts, culminating in a final art project of a North American duck, goose, or swan in it's native habitat. There are four age-group categories (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 grades) and all participants will be recognized for there efforts. Awards will be presented to all first through third place winners in each age group and one Best of Show in conjunction with the Bitterroot Birding Festival cosponsored by Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Festival in the Spring. Winning artwork will then travel in a state-wide exhibition for the remainder of the year To receive an entry form and information booklet, contact the State Coordinator, Emily Miwa-Vogan, Montana Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 247, Stevensville MT 59870, (406)777-5552, ext.202. All entries must be post-marked by March 15.

Adventure guide's slide show

Skip Horner, world famous adventure guide, will give a slide show and speak about his many adventures Tuesday, February 24 at the Victor High School Gymnasium. Horner uses his worldwide expeditions to illustrate how audiences can achieve their highest goals. The evening is sponsored by the Victor Schools Foundation.

Horner was the first person to lead people to the top of the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each of the seven continents. As a rafting guide he led the first descents of 11 major whitewater rivers. Along the way he has crossed the Sahara on camels, trekked across the high Himalayas and skied the Arctic.

Horner and his wife Elizabeth work hand in hand in many of their adventures, whether it is sailing along the Turquoise Coast of Turkey or wildlife and bird-watching in the remote game parks of India. They are also committed to supporting the Victor Schools Foundation "Million Dollar Challenge" and the Foundation's efforts to build a new Arts & Science Complex.

Horner's presentation will be Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and $1 for 12 and under. Come and hear of Horner's adventures and he!p the Foundation reach its next goal!

MSU horse show Feb. 28

BOZEMAN -- The Horseman's Club at Montana State University will host an intercollegiate horse show Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Bob Miller Pavilion at MSU.

Western pleasure and reining classes will start at 9 a.m. College clubs from the Western Mountain region will compete for team and individual points in the show. All spectators are welcome.

If you would like your horse to be ridden in competition by a qualified rider, have your horse exercised, and help MSU put on a top notch intercollegiate horse show, call Lindsey Mahoney at (406) 570-9929 or James Stewart at (406) 585-0014.

Aviation workshop for teachers

"Challenge Education with Aviation, Wright Into the Next Century," a workshop for teachers sponsored by the Montana Aeronautics Division, will be held March 4-6, at the Best Western Heritage Inn and the Great Falls Airport in Great Falls.

Teacher renewal credits and graduate credit are available from the University of Montana. $100 scholarships are available to assist with travel and/or graduate credits. (To apply submit a one-page letter of application stating how this workshop will benefit you.)

Workshop participants will explore new ways to teach reading, mathematics, social studies, science, and technology. This creative, hands-on workshop will provide aviation teaching tools that impact the core subjects. Teachers will acquire the skills to work with students in grades 4 through 10 using a wide range of aviation activities aligned perfectly with current Montana State Educational Standards. Many ready to use standards-based lessons will be explored. Handouts for immediate classroom use will be available.

Orientation flights will be conducted for the teachers on Saturday, March 6 at the Great Falls Airport. For more information contact Jeanne MacPherson, (406) 444-2506.

Stevensville Booster Club

The Stevensville Booster Club meets on the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be on March 1 in the first classroom on the left at the south entrance to the high school. Members and non-members are welcome. Call Duane Baney at 777-0059 for more information.

Candidate debate

On Saturday, February 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Hamilton, the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee will sponsor a debate between the four currently announced candidates vying for the Republican Party's nomination to the office of governor. The candidates are Secretary of State Bob Brown, businessman Pat Davison, former Montana State Senator Tom Keating, and former chairman of the Montana State Republican Party Ken Miller.

KLYQ radio in Hamilton will broadcast the debate with Steve Fullerton hosting; KGVO radio in Missoula will simulcast the debate. Ian Marquand of KPAX TV and Montana PBS will moderate the debate.

A panel of three questioners, consisting of Steve Fullerton, Ian Marquand, and Tyler Jourdonnais, will present questions to the candidates. Members of the voting public may submit questions for consideration until February 15; all questions will be screened prior to inclusion in the debate. All accepted questions will implicate substantive issues, and will require the candidates to articulate their unique policy positions. The debate will give the candidates an opportunity to differentiate themselves from one another, with the intention of providing Montana voters with the information they need to make an informed choice from amongst the candidates.

To submit questions or for more information contact Matt Lunder at 273-7887 (h) or 777-2376 (w).

Shared parenting class

"Shared Parenting - Post-Divorce" is the topic of a two-night class to be presented Monday and Tuesday, March 8 and 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westview Family Center, 9th and Main in Hamilton.

Star Jameson of Solutions Mediation Services will teach skill building in communication between households to achieve higher quality child exchanges, protect kids from post-divorce anger and develop healthy co parenting plans.

Classes are part of a mandate by the legislature for divorcing parents to take a class on the effects of divorce on children. This class covers practical day to day solutions to post-divorce challenges.

Cost is $15 for one parent, $25 for two and child care is available for $5 if preregistered. For more information call Jameson at 363-4026.

Anger management class for teens

"Anger Management for Teens" is the topic of a 6-week class beginning March 3 and running every Wednesday through April 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Rec Room of the Westview Family Center, 9th and Main in Hamilton. Presented by Youth Connections of Hamilton, this course will help youth focus on ways to handle anger in their lives. The class will include lively and confidential sessions using videos and discussion. Cost is $25 for all six classes; preregister with Star at 546-5344.

Dances of Universal Peace

Dance of Universal Peace are held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 7 p.m. at Common Ground Center, 258 Roosevelt Lane in Hamilton. Dances of Universal Peace are simple circle dances based on the world's spiritual traditions that inspire harmony and community. Each dance is taught each time, and children are welcome. Live music and refreshments are provided. Donations are accepted.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous is a Twelve Step program that deals with compulsive eating behaviors. It offers a solution within reach of all those who want to find relief from the obsession with food. It meets weekly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at St Stephen's Episcopal Church, 203 Main Street, Stevensville, as well as on Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Main St., Hamilton. For information, call 777-7160.

Legion Oratorical Contest

The State Oratorical Competition sponsored by the American Legion of Montana and its 134 posts throughout the state will conclude at Big Timber High School on Feb. 29 starting at 9 a.m.

Zone competitions will be followed by department competition for the zone winners.

Eleven district winners are eligible to move onto the zone commandersš competition. The four zone winners will compete in the American Legion of Montana Department State oratorical contest the same day. The winner of the department competition will be eligible to compete in the National Finals April 2-4 in Indianapolis.

The American Legion established the annual oratorical contest in 1939 as part of its multifaceted Americanism Program. The focus of the competition always has been the United States Constitution.

The subject of the prepared oration portion of the contest is about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the United states government. The Prepared Oration must be the original effort of each contestant and should be 8-10 minutes long.

The Montana Department winners first through fourth places are eligible for money scholarships from the American Legion of Montana. Also as part of the American Legion program, fee waiver scholarships are available from various units of the Montana University system as well as Carroll College. Information on these scholarships is available from high school guidance counselors or the American Legion.

In addition to the awards by winners of the various elimination rounds of the National Competition, university scholarships of $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 will be awarded to the first- through third-place winners in the national finals.

Each state winner who competes in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Participants in the second round who do not advance to the National Final round will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship. The top three youth orators who have won all previous rounds of the contest will vie for top honors in the National contest at the Indiana University - Purdue University at the Indianapolis Conference Center and Hotel, Indianapolis. The American Legion will pay the expenses of the state winners at the national contest. The state oratorical chairman is Mel Peterson of Greycliff, (406-935-5569).

DEQ schedules public meeting on Water Report

Helena - The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will host an informational public meeting on Montana's 2004 Draft Integrated Water Quality Report on Thursday, February 26 from 5 until 9 p.m. in Room 111 (Director's Conference Room) of the Metcalf Building, 1520 E. Sixth Avenue, Helena MT. The 2004 draft report is presently available for review and written comments will be accepted during a 60-day public comment period extending from January 9 to March 12, 2004.

The report integrates the 303(d) list, which includes a list of Montana water bodies that are impaired and in need of water quality restoration as well as a water quality atlas, known as the 305(b) report, which provides a summary of state water quality information. The report contains revisions to the list of impaired waters, changes in assessment information for waters already on the list, and proposed changes to the schedule for preparing total maximum daily loads or TMDLs. A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant that a water body may receive from all sources without exceeding water quality standards.

The draft 2004 report identifies 417 waters impaired by pollutants and 113 waters impaired solely by pollution in various categories. In addition, changes are proposed to a TMDL schedule originally published in October 2000 and revised in the 2002. The DEQ will use the collected comments to prepare a final 2004 Montana Integrated Report for submittal to EPA.

The actual material that the DEQ submits to the EPA consists of electronic database and computer map files so the department has made a more readable version of the draft list available at: Anyone experiencing problems accessing this site should contact Michael Pipp, DEQ Water Quality Planning Bureau, at or by phone at (406) 444-7424.

Comments on the list should be mailed to: Integrated Report Coordinator, Department of Environmental Quality, PO Box 200901, Helena MT 59620-0901, or they may be emailed to The DEQ cannot guarantee that comments received after the March 12 closing date will be considered in developing the final list.

Danmore Stables accepting riders

Danmore Stables, a non profit program providing hippotherapy and therapeutic riding for people with special needs, in Lolo, is currently signing up riders for the spring semester starting March 9. Danmore Stables is also looking for people who can assist us with office work, construction, and community outreach. Call Corrie Schilling at 273-6623 for more information or to make a donation.

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Powerless Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room, 204 Main, Stevensville (between the North Valley Library and the Stevi Café). It is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about living sober.

NILE Spring Sale

The Public Auction Yards (PAYS) in Billings will hold its annual NILE Spring Feeder and Replacement Heifer Sale on Friday, February 27, starting at 10 a.m. This is an open consignment sale, with around 2,500 head of feeder, stocker and replacement heifers expected. For consignment information, call PAYS toll free at 1-800-821-6447.

Trout Unlimited meeting

The next meeting of Bitterroot Trout Unlimited will be Thursday, February 19 at the Hamilton Elks Lodge starting at 7 p.m. The program will be presented by UM Professor Diana Six on how to select mayfly patterns based on biology, behavior and form.

Knowledge of mayfly lifestyle is critical to successful flyfishing on the Bitterroot and most other area streams. Dianašs presentation will include an introduction to the general biology of the four major ecological types of mayflies followed by a discussion of how a good basic knowledge of mayfly development, behavior and form, can be used by anglers to choose the most effective flies possible when on the water. The presentation will end with a brief demonstration of how to tie realistic (and effective) dun and spinner patterns. Dianašs previous programs on caddisflies and midges drew a lot of attention, and this one is sure to prove informative and interesting, too.

The meeting is open to the public and there is no admission charge. The Elkšs bar is open for personality adjustment prior to and during the meeting. For information, contact Doug Nation at 363-2137.

Audubon meeting

Local bluebird expert Luke Channer will be the featured speaker at Bitterroot Audubonšs February meeting. Luke will use slides and video to share some great insights into the world of bluebirds, and the bluebird trail that he created and monitors in the Bitterroot valley. Luke currently monitors over 100 bluebird boxes, which have fledged over 300 bluebirds. Bluebird trails have dramatically increased bluebird populations in many parts of the country. Don't miss out on this chance to learn more about two of Americašs favorite bird species, and how to attract them to your yard. The meeting will be on Monday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the downstairs conference room at the Stevensville Ranger Station. The meeting is free, and the public is invited to attend. Call Dave Lockman at 777-2929 for additional information.

Classes, testing set for underground storage tank professionals

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has scheduled refresher classes for underground storage tank installers, removers and inspectors on April 14 and 15 in Helena. At the same time, licensing tests will be offered for installer/removers, removers, and installers of corrosion protection, tank liners and external leak-detection equipment of underground storage tanks.

The refresher class for installers will begin Wednesday, April 14, at 8 a.m. Removers only will be on April 15 at 1 p.m. The inspector refresher course will begin Thursday, April 14 at 8 a.m. Anyone who is currently licensed for underground storage tank work may attend the classes for continuing education credit. Both classes will be held at DEQ Metcalf Building, 1520 6th Avenue, Helena. Testing will also be held April 14 and 15, concurrent with the classes scheduled.

Written tests are open to all applicants for new licenses and to those who must retest to maintain current licenses. All new applicants must register and submit a $100 fee to the Department of Environmental Quality, Waste and Underground Tank Bureau, P.O. Box 200901, Helena MT 59620-0901.

The DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in the classes or testing. Persons needing an accommodation for the classes or tests must notify the department at 406-444-1417 no later than 4 p.m. on April 1 to allow adequate time to make necessary arrangements.

State law requires licensing of anyone who installs, closes, repairs, modifies or inspects underground storage tank systems, including underground piping connected to above-ground tanks. Similarly, the law requires licensing of anyone who installs corrosion protection or external leak-detection equipment on underground stage tank systems.

More information is available from the DEQ, Waste and Underground Tank Bureau, 406 444-1417 or at the DEQ web site at

West Nile Virus Symposium in Hamilton

Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) is organizing a symposium in Hamilton to share current information from local, state and federal experts about West Nile virus infection, which is emerging in western Montana.

The March 3 symposium at the Holiday Inn Express, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive, is free and open to the public. Opening remarks are scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The symposium will include opening remarks from Governor Judy Martz and feature experts who will discuss the importance of early vaccination for horses; research toward establishing a human vaccine; lessons learned from eastern Montana's experiences in 2002-03; and prevention measures.

Late last summer, two horses in Lake County tested positive for the virus. These are the only confirmed Montana cases west of the Continental Divide. Eastern Montana confirmed 134 horse and two human West Nile virus cases in 2002. Those totals reached 193 horses and 228 humans, including four human deaths, in 2003.

"It is likely that West Nile virus will expand into our area this year," says Dr. Marshall Bloom, RML associate director. "We want to provide residents of western Montana with the latest information on this emerging virus."

While RML scientists do not study West Nile virus, their colleagues at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Maryland do. RML is a component of NIAID.

Topics and speakers are

- Basic research, therapy and vaccine development, Dr. Tom Kindt, director, Division of Intramural Research, NIAID, Bethesda, MD.

- West Nile virus in Montana, Dr. Greg Johnson, chairman, Department of Entomology, Montana State University; and Jim Murphy, disease surveillance coordinator, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

- Veterinary aspects, Dr. Tom Linfield, state veterinarian, Montana Department of Livestock.

- Local measures and clinical aspects, Dr. George Risi, infectious disease specialist, St. Patrick Hospital; and Charmell Owens, emergency preparedness coordinator, Ravalli County Health Department.

Those planning to attend can notify meeting organizers at

NIAID is a component of the National Institutes of Health, which is an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. NIAID supports basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose and treat infectious and immune-mediated illnesses, including HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, illness from potential agents of bioterrorism, tuberculosis, malaria, autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies.

Alabama Chief Justice to speak

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy S. Moore is set to speak in Great Falls on Friday, February 27, as the keynote speaker at a special Montana Constitution Party event, where he will discuss the question of "Can the State acknowledge God?," the issue of his recent Ten Commandments battle. It is a chance for Montanans to hear more about this timely issue.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore was removed from office on Nov. 14, 2004 for his acknowledgement of God. Moore's legal team recently filed an appeal against this Court of Judiciary ruling which removed him from office and it is currently before the Alabama Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Moore has received a number of national honors during his career including the 1995 George Washington Honor Medal from the National Freedom Foundation, the 1997 Bill of Rights award, the Christian Statesman of the Year Award, the Spirit of America Founders Award, the God and Country Award, and countless other awards including being endorsed by the State of California Republican Assembly by formal resolution calling him a "tireless defender of individual freedom and liberties."

The event will be held at the Great Falls Civic Center at 7:15 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.). Tickets are available for $5 in advance, and $7 at the door, if there are any remaining. For information or ticket locations, call (406) 727-5924 or email Tickets may be purchased with cash or check only. All after-expense proceeds will go to Chief Justice Moore for his ongoing battle.

Mature driving class

An AARP 55 Alive class for mature drivers will be held February 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Marcus Daly Hospital conference room. Cost per person is $10 to be paid at the door. This must be in the form of a check or money order made out to AARP. The next class will be in March. Sign up at Jones Korman Insurance Agency, 518 S. 1st Street in Hamilton. For more information call 363-6583.

EAA Chapter 517 meeting

The monthly meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 517 will be held Monday, February 16 at 7 p.m. at the chapter hangar at the Stevensville Airport. The topic will be building your own homebuilt. A video will be shown entitled "Building Your Own Aircraft for Dummies." The meeting program will include discussion with members who have actually built an aircraft and a detailed review of real homebuilt aircraft in the hangar. The public is welcome.

The video part of the program will be repeated at the monthly breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the same location. More information is available at or contact Don or Jennifer Lorenzen at 251-6780.

Sunday Series

Pam Erickson will take guests to Brazil at the Sunday Series, February 15 at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton. Reflecting on her recent trip to Salvador, Bahia to participate in the "Dance of the Child," Erickson will share the culture of the Brazilians and their zest for life through her slide show.

The Sunday Series are held at the Ravalli County Museum, on S. 3rd and Bedford in Hamilton. The program begins at 1 p.m. but the Museum is open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $5 for couples, and $1 for students, 6-18. Admission is free to members of the Museum.

Democratic Mule Team

The Ravalli Democratic Mule Team will meet on Friday, February 20 for a luncheon meeting at the Banque/Exchange at 12 noon. The guest speaker will be Senator Debbie Shea of Butte, of the 18th Senate District. She is a member of Finance, Education and Fish and Game Committees, and on the Consumer Council To reserve a seat, call Bill Knox at 961-6945 or Ian Root at 777-5587.

Hamilton Senior Center activities

The following activities will be held at the Hamilton Senior Center the week of February 15 through 21:

- Monday, February 16 - Tax Aide, 1-4 pm; Bingo, 7 p.m.

- Tuesday, February 17 - Line Dancing, 9 a.m., AARP Pinochle, 1 p.m.

- Wednesday, February 18 - Tax Aide, 1-4 pm; Bridge, 1 p.m.

- Friday, February 20 - Line Dancing, 9:30 a.m.; Tax Aide, 1-4 p.m.; Folkworld, 7 p.m.

- Saturday, February 21 - Pancake Breakfast, 8-10 a.m.; Square Dancing, 6 p.m.

Library storytime

The winter/spring storytime series at the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton continues Wednesday, February 18 when Jamie Ogden of SAFE Coalition Committee presents "Love." Storytimes are held at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs west meeting room of the library. They last for about 45 minutes and are geared toward preschool ages. For more information call the library at 363-1670.

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